Thursday, September 29, 2016

REVIEW + EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY: Watching the Sky Cry by J.B. Hartnett




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OUR REVIEW:


You know what I love about J.B. Hartnett's novels? I know that I'm going to read characters who are well developed and are complicated. I also know that she's going to put me on an emotional roller coaster that is well worth every minute of the ride. Watching the Sky Cry  was no different; it has all the components--complicated characters who pack an emotional punch on almost every page-- and I could not stop reading it.
 I had to know what happened with Riley + Nick and Riley + Quentin. I needed to know how Riley was going to reclaim her life from her grief. I needed to know what her family and lover was hiding. I so desperately wanted to see how these characters and their families were going to have their HEA. 

I wish I knew how to explain how wonderfully quiet this novel is--it's not overly angsty. It's not explosive. It's grown up--the characters handle their lives as you might expect a 30-something to handle it (and sometimes better than the older adults do). It's thoughtful. It's exactly what I wanted when I requested to read it and I know that those of you who haven't given J.B. Hartnett a try yet would really enjoy it--she flies way too under the radar, in my opinion. 


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Blurb
Ten years is a long time when you’re thirty-two. We’d seen our share of ups and downs, but I could honestly say, they were mostly up. That’s the thing about happiness though. It lulls you into a false sense of security.


Neither one of us ever thought we’d ever be touched by crippling loss or immeasurable grief. But not all stories have a happy ending, and I knew, better than anyone, that sometimes, one of you won’t make it till the end. One of you has to go first. And one of you will be left behind to pick up the pieces.


That one is me.


But starting over isn’t what I thought it would be. I need escape from the memories that plague me, remind me. So I went back to where it all began. To the town where I was born. To the place whose beauty could pierce my pain. Where I experienced my first kiss, where I fell in love, where a man was my earth. And I…


I was his sky.


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Excerpt
You never had a girlfriend.” I whispered.
“No, Rylie. I didn’t.”
I pushed away from him, my mouth coating itself in preparation for what was to come, and ran toward the field behind his parents’ house. I threw up everything in my stomach, but I kept heaving with wracking sobs, unable to keep my shit together. If I’d listened….if I’d answered his letters…if I hadn’t met Nick…
His hands were in my hair, pulling it back, but it was no use. I was a mess in every way possible.
“This isn’t…” I hiccupped, “how I imagined this going.”
“Yeah?” he said softly. “How’d you imagine it?”
“We would have it out, and then we’d have angry sex, and then we’d fall in love and have babies and live happily ever after.”
See? Honesty.
“Oh Rylie,” he said with humor in his voice, not at all bothered when he wiped the edges of my disgusting mouth with his hand. “I’ll be pissing you off again…probably on purpose just so we can have that angry sex you just mentioned.”


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About the Author:
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Julie is a southern California native, a fan of a really good story (preferably a romance with a happily ever after), really good pie (preferably pumpkin)and copious amounts of coffee (preferably Folgers).


She has always enjoyed writing and at one time thought she might be a singer/songwriter. The 'writer' part is that one that stuck.


Julie is obsessed with Pi...the equation and the food. She's allergic to cats, cantaloupe and hates mushrooms. So if you ever want to give her a gift, those are out for sure.


She currently lives with her romance hero husband and two boys in Melbourne, Australia.

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